(PRWEB) April 20, 2005
Backbone: A series of 21 works of photography and paint on canvas by American Artist Michelle Firment Reid
I have always felt a certain intimacy when viewing art showing the nude back of a woman; intimate, seductive, and even vulnerable. As women we are always paying attention to our fronts; our faces and breasts. We often save our back as the last to look at on the way out the door, if we even look at all. Yet a womanÂs back can be very sensuous to the touch, caressed in intimate moments. When viewing the back of a woman, there is also mystery and intrigue, especially when the face is hidden from full view or turned slightly inward. There also seems to be a vulnerability here, her back is turned. Who has the power here, the viewer or her?
She does of course. Even though her back is turned, she is aware of all around her. She has a firmness of character, and often is the main support of her world, however large or small her world may be. She is often carrying the load. She is not afraid of showing her vulnerabilities, because through her vulnerabilities and hardships she has gained knowledge and strength of character. Though appearing at times vulnerable, she is capable of carrying the weight of lifeÂs offerings.
She has backbone.
May Rooms Gallery
328 East 1st Street
Blue Dome District ~ Tulsa
Thursday, May 5th 5-9pm
Exhibit continues through May 22, 2005
30% of earnings from this show are going to DVIS (Domestic Violence Intervention Services).